The perspective in portrait photography

  • The perspective in portrait photography

Perspective always plays a crucial role in photography, in portrait photography as well. With only a minimal change in perspective, you can have a huge impact on the expression of a portrait.

Just whether the lens is above the subject’s eye level or below it will give the portrait a completely different look. It won’t be appropriate to say right or wrong here, it is important that you experiment with it and recognize the differences.

Objectively above eye level it can easily lead to the person appearing a little “inferior” in the picture. It is not mandatory, but there is a risk. If you stay below eye level with the lens, the motif appears more sublime, a little more powerful. Sounds logical? It is

Why fashion, for example, is largely photographed by photographers on their knees or even lying on their stomach. Just a little tip

I don’t want to get into too much detail here, perspective is just one point that you should definitely keep in mind before you take the first portraits. Just figure out how to lay out the picture first. Objectively above or below the eyes, what do you want to express with the portraits? Or if the expression may not come across as you imagined, the perspective is another point that you can question.

Psychology about working with people in front of the camera

The most interesting subject in portrait photography is about the psychology of the photograph. People who professionally want to make their carriers sound with profound knowledge of psychology in portrait photography take many courses to understand it.

Go to the most difficult places, hike to get that perfect picture. Get out of your comfort zone. Move to the northern areas. That will be an adventure in itself. You may have to travel for more than one day straight. That road to learning will be pretty tough but worth it.

Psychology is the part of portrait photography that fascinates me the most and is also the part that I enjoy the most. And I think that should be the case for everyone who wants to get into the topic more closely.

You can also find a few thoughts and unique angles on this if you watch several videos and expand your knowledge.

How to deal with people in front of the camera is the most decisive of all factors in portrait photography. Of course, the ideal case is that equipment, light, colors, etc. interact. But they are all completely worthless and the picture has no expression if you cannot deal with people.

So, can you get all the knowledge into a blog article now? All at the same time? Not at all. You cannot learn it by only reading a single article. You need to look into every material that is blog posts, writings, videos, online courses and books on it to get a perfect grasp on the topic.

But here, a few tips are shared to get you started that should help immediately:

– First you have to work on yourself before you can work with anyone.

First of all, let’s make it clear, portrait photography has nothing to do with working with models. A model in front of the camera knows how it works, how it wants or should look, and as a photographer, if you also know what you’re doing, you can communicate clearly and easily with a model. You say “a little stricter” and your model will respond. Ideally, there is a fluid collaboration and everything runs smoothly.

When you take a portrait, you don’t have a model, just a person who may not have any experience with the camera. Admittedly, many do not enroll in model files these days either. So, you absolutely have to take the lead here and you cannot rely on your motif knowing what to do.

Many portrait photographers deal with how they should deal with people so that they can get an authentic, honest expression from them, but forget that the basis for an authentic counterpart is first of all that you appear deeply relaxed and authentic yourself. If your subject feels that you are not 100% authentic yourself, you will never be able to capture an honest moment.

The more you work on yourself and your authentic appearance, the more you are honestly interested in people in front of your camera, the better your portraits will be.


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